5 Things That Can Lower Indoor Air Quality

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Do you know how good the air quality is in your home? Not many people can give an honest or accurate answer to this question. There are many things you can be doing, or that are in your home, that can have a negative impact on your indoor air quality.
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  1. Smoke – Smoking inside of your home is a no-brainer; this will dramatically decrease air quality. Everyone becomes at risk of secondhand smoke when a person lights up a cigarette indoors. Children and the elderly are the most at risk for respiratory illness and other health problems.
  2. Paint – Giving your home a fresh coat of paint can be liberating, but it can be harmful to inhale long after the remodel is over. Some paints contain volatile organic compounds that will keep chemicals in the air months after application. Always buy low VOC paints to avoid spreading these chemicals throughout your home’s air.
  3. Steam – What’s better than a hot shower or bath to relieve a little stress? However, if you don’t keep a bathroom fan on to ventilate the room you may be in trouble. All of the moisture will build up, leading to eventual mold growth. Nothing is worse for your home’s air than mold.
  4. Pets – The family dog or cat is just as much a part of the family as you are. Therefore, treat them like a person by bathing them weekly and cleaning up after them. A high concentration of pet dander can trigger allergic reactions and old fecal residue is never good to have laying around in your home.
  5. Garaged Cars – Now that the weather is a bit chilly, many people will go out to warm their car up before leaving for work. If the car is in the garage, avoid starting the car up. Carbon monoxide can leak into your home; which can be deadly when inhaled. Keep the car running outside with the garage door closed.


Your everyday actions can lower your home’s air quality without you even knowing. Take the proper precautions to keep a higher quality of air, and by also having your air ducts cleaned annually. This system cleaning will remove many particles from your home’s air, leaving you with air that you can feel safe breathing in. To learn more, or to schedule a free estimate with EnviroGreen Boston, give us a call at (844) 775=7700.

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